Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (261, 263, 264)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

261. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost to the State of providing free prescriptions for all citizens. [45502/13]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

263. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the current cost to the State of providing free general practitioner care for those with medical cards. [45504/13]

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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

264. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the current cost to the State of providing prescriptions for those with medical cards. [45505/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 261, 263 and 264 together.

In 2012 payments to GPs for services provided to medical card and GP visit cardholders was approximately €440 million. The cost of drugs and medicines is estimated at just over €1.3 billion. It is not possible to estimate the cost of providing free drugs and medicines to all citizens.